Q:Assalamualaikum, can you tell a story about Sumayyah, Yasir and their son? How they know Islam, convert and syahid? Jazakallah khair :)
Wa’alaikomissalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
I pray this message reaches you in good health and iman.
If we go on the detailed story of the family, it will be quite long, so let me just give you a brief of it, and then later on I can post a detailed story about them. I hope that is okay. in sha Allah.
Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem.
1) Story about Sumayyah, Yasir and their son:
Yasir Ibn Amir Radiyallahu Anhu left his native place in Yemen seeking for his brother. In Makkah he found an appealing place, and settled there and was in alliance with Abu Huthaifah Ibn Al Mughirah, who married him to one of his slaves, Sumayyah Bint Khayyat Radiyallahu Anha.
With this marriage, Allah Azza Wa Jall gifted them a son, Ammar Ibn Yasir Radiyallahu Anhu. The family of Yasir was among the people who embraced Islam, earliest, and with that early righteous Muslims had a good share of the Quraish’s persecution and inhumane terror.
Since the family of Yasir belonged to the class of weak, poor or slaves of Makkah, the order for their persecution was handed to Banu Makhzum, where Abu Jahl was their chieftain, and with him there, indeed these class suffered the most.
The way the Quraish tortured the family of Yasir is just too horrible to describe, even the companions of Ammar had a hard time describing it, but there is this narration where it said:
"Ammar’s skin was burned with fire, the Quraish laid him on the heated sands of the desert under the burning stones, ducked him in water until he could hardly breathe and until his wounds and gashes were skinned."
Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un, when one reads about the torments that these great Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum suffered from the hands of these Quraish indeed our hearts are filled with indescribable pain. May Allah Azza Wa Jall be pleased with them all. Amin.
The family of Yasir, through their sufferings, were raised in such a status that they have inspired believers in ages, that within their stories lies that flame of martyrdom.
They are famous for the time where The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said to condole them from their sufferings: “Patience, O Yasir’s family. Verily, your meeting place will be in Paradise.”
Indeed, this is true for Sumayyah, Yasir and Ammar were among the caravan of martyrs.
Sumayyah was persecuted so much together with Yasir that they died even before the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam migrated to Al Madinah. Ammar Radiyallahu Anhu saw how his mother attained martyrdom, she was killed infront of Ammar, then his father (Yasir) also died due to extreme torture, and only Ammar was left and was also martyred at the age of 93 at the Battle of Siffin.
2) how they came to know Islam, converted and became shaheed
Their beloved son, it is because and through Ammar. As he was among the first people to be taught about islam at Dar Al Arqam. A narration says that one night when Ammar came from Dar Al Arqam, his parents asked him where he was, and then started to reprimand him and for some reason Ammar accidentally tapped an idol that his parents used to worship and it fell on the ground, with this his mother, Sumayyah exclaimed and said that for years it was the one who provided for them.
Upon hearing this, Ammar said: “But it couldn’t even help itself from falling.”
From this thought, Sumayyah and Yasir had a change of heart, and wanted to accept Islam and became one of the earliest Muslims.
Indeed, the story of this family defines such a wonderful ayah in the Qur’an:
"Do the people think that they will be left to say: "We believe", and they shall not be tried?"Qur’an 29:2
Their story of being among the Shuhada has been mentioned above, but for the detailed one, I will be posting it soon. bi’ithnillah.
In sha Allah I hope I have answered most of the question.
May Allah Azza Wa Jall bless you.
Note:These stories are rephrased and written by heart, but you can see their references from the books, Men Around the Messenger and Hayatus As Sahabah, with some of Kitab Al Isabah Fi Tamyiz Al Sahabah.
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Map day today.
With thorough study about the 8 ambassadors that the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam sent to non-Arab states (and we have to take in that these days took place during the birth of Islam) for invitation to embrace Islam, I have tried my best to draw a map of which countries they have gone with the names of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum who went and the rulers that they met.
In 6th Hijrah (Some narrations say 7th Hijrah), so this probably happened during the last months of the 6th year. The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam planned to send letters to the rulers of non-Arab countries through some of his faithful Companions.
The aim of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was to attract them towards Islam and invite them to convert to this new humane religion.
We have to keep in mind, that the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum who set out on this mission were to visit distant lands and that they knew nothing about the language, culture and customs of the people there, neither did they have any knowledge about the etiquette and procedures followed in the courts of these emperors, rulers and kings. (So imagine the danger that there was in this mission.)
This new revolutionary concept of equality of all in the sight of the One True Allah Azza Wa Jall would definitely act like a whiplash on the rulers’ sensitive and proud nature. Hence, the arrogant pride of these all-powerful lords would have to be subjected to the Commands of Allah Azza Wa Jall.
Indeed, the danger that lies in this mission was just astonishing for it was clearly stated in the messages being sent by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam that their well-being lay in accepting Islam. If they did not do so their kingdoms would be in jeopardy-that all their majesty, their royal thrones, their expensive robes of rustling silk, their rich jewels and gaudy robes and extravagant lifestyle would be all lost.
-We have to again put in our thoughts that the option of jizyah was not an option these rulers even considered.-
Hence, no one could predict how these ambassadors of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam would be treated, with this He Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam ordered that the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum to assemble together.
After praising the Almighty Allah, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said:
"I intend to send some Companions with an invitation to enter the fold of Islam to the rulers of non-Arab countries. Are you ready to embark on this enterprise?"
(NOW IMAGINE), All replied in UNISON:
"If we are honored by such a mission, we are ready to obey your orders. We will go wherever you wish to send us. We feel happy that you have considered us worthy of doing this job and chosen us."
When The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam heard this, he selected eight of them for the mission, and they were as follows:
1. 'Abdullah Ibn Hathafah Radiyallahu Anhu
Full Name: 'Abdullah Ibn Huthafah As Sahmi Ibn Qais Ibn Adi Ibn Sa'd Ibn Sahm Ibn 'Amr Ibn Husays Ibn Ka'b Ibn Lu'ayy
Ruler: Emperor Khosro Parvaiz
Destination: Iran (Persia)
2. 'Amr Ibn Umayyah Dhamari Radiyallahu Anhu
Full Name: 'Amr Ibn Umayyah Dhamari Ibn Khwaylid Ibn 'Abdullah Ibn Iyas Ibn 'And Nashra Ibn Ka'b Ibn Jadi Ibn Damra
Ruler: Emperor Najashi
3. Hatib Ibn Abu Balta’ Radiyallahu Anhu
Full Name: Hatib Ibn Abu Balta’ Ibn ‘Amr Ibn ‘Umair Ibn Salma Ibn Sa’d Al Lakhmi
Ruler: King Muqawqis
4. Saleet Ibn ‘Amr Radiyallahu Anhu
Full Name: Saleet Ibn ‘Amr Ibn And Shams Ibn And Wud Ibn Nasr Ibn Malik Ibn Hisl Ibn ‘Amir Ibn Lu’ayy
Ruler: King Hawdhah Ibn ‘Ali Al Hanafi
Destination: Yamamah (Saudi Arabia)
5. ‘Amr Ibn Al ‘Aas Radiyallahu Anhu
Full Name: 'Amr Ibn Al 'Aas Ibn Wa'il Ibn Hashim Ibn Sa'd Ibn Sahm Ibn 'Amr Ibn Husais Ibn Ka'b Ibn Lu'ayy
6. Shuja Ibn Wahab Asadi Radiyallahu Anhu
Full Name: Shuja Ibn Wahab Asadi Ibn Rabi’a Ibn Asad Ibn Shuaib Ibn Malik Ibn Kabir Ibn Ghanm Ibn Dudan Ibn Asad Ibn Khuzima
Ruler: King Harith Ibn Abu Shamar Ghassani
Destination: Balqa’, Damascus, Syria
7. 'Ala Ibn Abdullah Al Hadhrami Radiyallahu Anhu
Full Name: 'Ala Ibn Abdullah Al Hadhrami Ibn Imaad Ibn Akbar Ibn Rabi'ah Ibn Malik Ibn Uwaif Al Hadhrami
Ruler: King Manzar Ibn Sawi
8. Dahiyyah Kalbi Radiyallahu Anhu
Full Name: Dahiyyah Ibn Kalbi Ibn Farwah Ibn Fadalah Ibn Zayd Ibn Imri’ul Qais Ibn Al Khazraj Al Kalbi Al Qudha’i
Ruler: King Ceasar
Destination: Eastern Roman Empire (Rome)
Now, I shared such information after only further research because I wanted to showcase the extraordinary obedience of these people upon the orders of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam and inevitable courage that Allah Azza Wa Jall has placed in the hearts of these chosen Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum.
One should know that when these faithful people came to their destinations, not even the extravagance or powerful personality of these rulers devoured their strength.
These Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum walked into their courts in the most simple clothes, like they are actually laborers of those lands, but these things didn’t shun them from pursuing their mission, and that is to hand over the letter to the said emperors themselves, not through a messenger or guard of such emperor.
Now, this principle and courage of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum should be reflected upon, nowadays, when our parents tell us to take this gift to your other aunt, what do we usually do? We just give it to someone inside the house and tell them to give it to the aunt, right?
But see, these people gave honor and respect to what they were ordered to do so, because they respected and loved their leader, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, because every Muslim should do that, should do what they are ordered especially by Allah Azza Wa Jall, your parents should also be respected. If you get what I mean.
We are only asked to do something by someone we love because they believe in us, they trust us, and this amanah is very precious upon Muslims, because like this, it was the trust of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam on these people that made this new revolutionary concept succeed.
So with everything, do you give such emphasis and notice on the “trust” given to you by even your parents? If not, then please reflect from this story.
And we pray that Allah Azza Wa Jall enlightens our hearts to appreciate the people who give us such attention and trust and in return be grateful to Him.
Note: These stories are compiled through a variety of books and with different references, such as: Commanders of the Muslim Army, Kitab al-isabah fi tamyiz al-sahabah, Fada’il As Sahabah and Men Around the Messenger.
If you find any faults in them, then I ask you to please take the good and leave the bad and that may Allah Azza Wa Jall forgive me. Amin.
Do you love the Qur’an?
Do you feel the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall talking to you that with an instant you turn to Him, repent, ask forgiveness and abide to His commandments?
Is this how the Qur’an affects you?
We hear a lot of stories about conversions to Islam, but when you go and read about these stories all of them goes back to the core of Islam, the Qur’an.
It is always His Words that sparks and ignites ones heart to fully turn back to His Creator.
Today, I would like to “again” narrate to you the story of ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu, I know many have read about this but do me a favor and read until the end, and I pray it enlightens and inspires your heart to fall in love again with the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall.
Nua’im Radiyallahu Anhu spotted ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab with his sword in his hand, and realized that he was setting out with the intention of harming the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, with his, Nu’am divulged the news to ‘Umar that he should check on his sister first for she and her husband had embraced islam.
Upon hearing that Faatimah Radiyallahu Anha, (his sister) and her husband, Sa’eed Radiyallahu Anhu had embraced Islam, ‘Umar was overcome by a fit of uncontrollable rage.
He then headed straight towards his sister’s house and banged on the door.
Faatimah, Sa’eed and Khabbab (their Qur’an teacher) were inside busy reading the Qur’an. As soon as they heard ‘Umar’s angry voice, they stopped what they were doing. Khabbab Radiyallahu Anhu found a place to hide and by the time ‘Umar entered, Faatimah did not have enough time to hide the scroll (other narrations say it was a piece of leaf) from which they were reading the Qur’an- and so she hurriedly tried to hide it under her leg.
Faatimah Radiyallahu Anha prepared for the worst, for she immediately saw and understood the meaning of the evil expression of ‘Umar’s face.
"I heard you speaking in low, secretive voices, what were you saying?" ‘Umar demanded. (They were reciting Chapter Ta-Ha of the Noble Qur’an.)
"We were just having a conversation between ourselves." Faatimah said.
"Perhaps the two of you have abandoned your religion," said ‘Umar.
Sa’eed said, "O ‘Umar, suppose that the truth lies in something other than your religion."
'Umar suddenly hunged at Sa'eed and pulled his beard. The two of them struggled for a brief period, but 'Umar was clearly stronger, pinning his opponent on the ground and then sitting on his chest.
Seeing this, Faatimah came and tried to push ‘Umar off her husband, but then ‘Umar struck her on her face, which resulted in blood streaming down the side of her face. In angry tone, Faatimah exclaimed, “O enemy of Allah! Do you strike me simply because I believe in the Oneness of Allah?” He dryly replied, “Yes.”
Now one will be truly amazed on the faith of Faatimah as she said, "Then do whatever you planned to do. I bear witness that none has the right to be worshipped but Allah and that Muhammad is the Messenger of Allah. We have embraced Islam in spite of you!"
When ‘Umar Radiyallahu Anhu heard these words, he began to regret what he had done. He got off Sa’eed Radiyallahu Anhu and sat down beside him on the ground. And he then said, "give me the scroll that is with you, so that I can read it." Faatimah said,"I will not do that."
'Umar said, “Woe upon you! What you said struck a chord in my heart, so give it to me and let me see it. I give you the sincerest and strongest of pledges that I will not betray (by tearing it apart, for instance) and that I will give it back to you so you can then safeguard it in any place of your choosing.”
"You are impure," Faatimah replied, thus alluding to the saying of Allah Azza Wa Jall (Qur’an 56:79)
"Then stand up and take a bath, or at least perform ablution," Faatimah said.
'Umar left, took a bath, and then returned to his sister, who then gave him the scroll. It contained Chapter Ta-Ha, in addition to other chapters of the Qur'an. The first words 'Umar read were: In the name of Allah, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful.”
Upon reading the words: “The Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful,” ‘Umar felt frightened and dropped the scroll from his hand. When he then regained his composure, he picked up the scroll again and read the following verses of Chapter Ta-Ha:
"Ta-Ha. We have not sent down the Qur’an unto you (O Muhammad) to cause you distress, But only as a Reminder to those who fear (Allah). A revelation from Him (Allah) Who has created the earth and high heavens. The Most Beneficent (Allah) rose over (Istawa) the (Mighty) throne (in a manner that suits His Mejsty). To Him belongs all that is in the heavens and all that is on the earth, and all that is between them, and all that is under the soil. And if you (O Muhammad) speak (the invocation) aloud, then verily, He knows the secret and that which is yet more hidden. Allah! La ilaha ila Huwa (none has the right to be worshipped but He)! To Him belong the Best Names." Qur’an 20:1-8
He felt the magnificence and greatness of what he was reading for upon finishing the said verses, he commented, “Is it from this that the Quraish have been running away?” He then continued to read on, until he reached the saying of Allah Azza Wa Jall:
"Verily! I am Allah! La ilaha illa Ana. ( none has the right to be worshipped but I), so worship Me, and perform As-Salat (Iqamat-as-Salat) for My remembrance. Verily, the Hour is coming-and My Will is to keep it hidden- that every person may be rewarded for that which he strives. Therefore, let not the one who believes not therein (i.e in the Day of Resurrection, Reckoning, Paradise and Hell, etc.), but follows his own lusts, divert you therefrom, lest you perish." Qur’an 20:14-16
'Umar then said, "As for the One Who says this, it is not fitting that any other (false idol, person, angel or anyone or anything for that matter) should be worshipped alongside him. TAKE ME TO MUHAMMAD."
Subhan’Allah. After hearing ‘Umar Radiyallahu Anhu uttered those last words, Khabbab who was hiding came out from his hiding place and exclaimed,” rejoice, O’Umar! For Indeed I hope that the supplication of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam made on Monday is being answered with you. He Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam said, “O Allah, honor Islam with the more beloved of these two men to you: Abu Jahl Ibn Hisham or ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab.”
And we all know what happened next, ‘Umar was more beloved to Allah Azza Wa Jall for ‘Umar embraced Islam.
Now why did I highlight this story of ‘Umar for this blessed day of Jumu’ah? Time by time, Muslims need reminders, inspiration and motivation. A lot of Muslims nowadays, have made the Qur’an nothing but among the ordinary books on their shelves, or decorations on their houses.
O Muslims, the Qur’an is to be read and reflected upon! Do not put it on your shelves for it is for you to use, have we forgotten how the Sahabah radiyallahu Anhum struggled to compile such beautiful gift from Allah?
Reflect O Muslims, are we the likes of ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab that when He read parts of the Qur’an he had the urge to enter the fold of Islam, we are Muslims, but indeed everyday we need to renew our iman, we need to enter again the fold of Islam, but how can one be given such thirst for Islam when one doesn’t become affected by the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall?
Or are we the likes of Faatimah and Sa’eed Radiyallahu Anhum who stood up for Islam, even tho they knew they could have faced death on that time?
Know that only through the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall did Faatimah and Sa’eed;s hearts feel such strength within them to stand up for it and it is only through the words of Allah Azza Wa Jall did the heart of ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab become guided!
Today is a blessed day, Mercy indeed is hovering upon us, regain your strength, redeem your soul, renew your imaan, go read the Qu’ran.
And may Allah Azza Wa Jall fill our hearts with hidayah, rahma and barakah from Him.
Fadail As-Sahaabah, Imam Ahmad, 1/344
Assalamu’alaikum wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu dear anon,
Could you please specify who ‘Umar are you asking about?
Is it ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab, ‘Umar Ibn Abdul’Aziz, or ‘Umar Ibn Yazid or another ‘Umar?
In sha Allah, please just let me know at least their father’s name with them so I can appropriately tell you about them. Jazakallahu Khayran
Q:Assalamualaikum. My name is Huzaifah and I am a great fan of your tumblr. Do you mind doing your next post about Abu Hudzaifah? Cause that was who my parents named me after. Or Umar Al-Khattab. I really love him
Wa’alaikomissalaam wa rahmatullahi wa barakatuhu,
I pray this message reaches you in good health and iman.
Alhamdulillah and jazakallahu khayran for your wonderful words.
Ma sha Allah I am very glad to know that you are fond of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum, I actually have written something about the both of them, I’ll be attaching some links in sha Allah, and some brief descriptions about them for you.
Bismillah Ar Rahman Ar Raheem.
Haseel Ibn Jabr Radiyallahu Anhu
The father of Huthaifah Ibn Yaman Radiyallahu Anhu or Abu Huthaifah. He was from the tribe of ‘Abbas and was known for his courage but had a reputation of treachery, murder and plunder. He had killed a man from his tribe and found refuge in the tribe of Banu ‘Abbd Al-Shahal.
He was originally from Yemen so the people of Madinah named him Yamani, and he became known by this and eventually his original name was forgotten. He was married to Rubab Ibn Ka’b and they bore a boy and named them Huthaifah.
Whenever we speak of Huthaifah Radiyallahu Anhu, the name of his father can never be left behind, as they are known as the father and son who made the first ever hijra even before the great hijra to Ethiopia and Al Madinah.
Here is the detailed story about it.
Umar Ibn Al Khattab
As to Umar Radiyallahu Anhu, ma sha Allah I have no concise words to describe him, I really am amazed with this great man, I have made posts about him here and there, so you can also check them out through my blog, and just search with the name umar and the posts I have made about him will appear in sha Allah.
May Allah Azza Wa Jall continue to increase you in ‘ilm and amal. Amin
Note: Posted it up publicly lest someone would ask about Abu Huthaifah too.
Are we losing the grip? Are we falling down with our depression, our troubles in life?
If yes, then here’s a story that would give you a push towards good again, in sha Allah.
Did you know that among the hundred tribes that came to enter the fold of islam, there was this one tribe from the Arabian peninsula that was and is a very great example of firm faith and strong belief?
Yes, there was, the Banu Mazeenah, a tribe that lived near Al Madinah on the road which linked up with Makkah.
Why do I say they are firm believers of Islam? Well, after the passing away of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, many tribes turned apostate (renounced their belief) of Islam. Such tribes bluntly refused to pay zakat, but this Mazeenah tribe, subhan’Allah, they remained as firm as a mountain in their faith and belief in the tenets which are the five pillars of Islam.
They continued to pay Zakat, observed the obligatory prayers five times a day and adhered faithfully to the Sunnah of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam. They neither panicked nor faltered in their steadfastness; doubt and disbelief did not enter their hearts even for a moment.
With this, Allah Azza Wa Jall did bless this tribe the leadership of one of the greatest Muslim general that Islam ever had, in the person of Nu’man Ibn Maqran Radiyallahu Anhu!
Let me tell you the story of this beautiful day of Islam.
When bedouins learnt about the religion of Islam speeding among neighboring lands of Al Madinah, 400 warriors came to their chieftain, Nu’man Radiyallahu Anhu and told him, after moments of deep thinking, he said:
"Brothers, I have made a firm decision to set out for Al Madinah early in the morning and those of you who wish to accompany me on this auspicious journey is welcome to join me."
At dawn, Anu’am Radiyallahu Anhu was pleasantly amazed to find all his brothers and the 400 warriors ready to embark on the journey with him.
There had been no rains and a famine in the region,and the means off income had dwindled and were very limited, yet in spite of all these problems, Nu’am Radiyallahu Anhu collected many very expensive gifts to express his sincere love and regard for the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam.
When this caravan arrived in Al Madinah, they caused such an unusual stir in the city, imagine the quantity of these people filling up the streets of Al Madinah just for the purpose of accepting this religion! Subhan’Allah.
This was such a breathtaking sight, and whenever I try to imagine it with my mind, my tears just start to fall down!
So when the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam learnt of their arrival he went out and greet them. Nu’am Ibn Marqam Radiyallahu Anhu, together with his nine brothers, Sanan, Suwaid, ‘Abdullah, ‘Abdur-Rahman, ‘Aqeel, Na’eem, Mardhi, Dharrar and 400 warriors swore allegiance to Islam, simultaneously!
It was worthy of being seen and experienced!
When this happened every eye was filled with tears, and the face of the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam was radiant with joy. The faces of the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum were all glowing with happiness.
Wallah, this event was so great that Allah Azza Wa Jall loved it so much that an ayah was revealed, and the moment was immortalized in the Qur’an for all time. This ayah is:
"And of the bedouins there are some who believe in Allah and the Last Day, and look upon what they spend in Allah’s Cause as means of nearness to Allah, and a cause of receiving the Messenger’s invocations. Indeed these (spendings in Allah’s Cause) are a means of nearness for them. Allah will admit them to His Mercy. Certainly Allah is Oft-Forgiving, Most merciful." 9:99
Subhan’Allah! The love and regard of Banu Mazeenah to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and the religion of Tawheed, Al Islam, belief in Allah Azza Wa Jall was just so incredible!
These people had golden hearts, in spite all the sufferings and famine they faced, they still managed to spend for the cause of and to attain nearness to Allah Azza Wa Jall and to receive some invocations from the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, subhan’Allah when most of us can’t even try to pay a small amount to attend an islamic lecture or to spend for the cause of Allah. Astagfirullah.
Are we the likes of those tribes who when calamity came to them, renounced their belief and turned away and became enemies of islam? Or are we likes of the people of Banu Mazeenah, that in the face of famine, sufferings, sorrow, we would stand firm as mountains and continue to pursue the rewards of Jannah?
Our actions may not be so great that Allah Azza Wa Jall would reveal an ayah for us, but know that you every deed is written and seen by Him and he will give the duly reward or punishment for each.
So with this we pray with such beautiful words:
”Allahumma ya Muqallib al Quloob thabbit qalbi ‘alaa Deenik,”
O Turner of the hearts, make my heart firm upon Your Religion.
Story: Ibn Marqan, Ghadanfar, p. 191-193 | Tafsir Surah At-Tawbah
Supplication: Shaikh Albaanee declared it to be saheeh in Saheeh al Adab al Mufrad (527)
O handsome and beautiful person, what a blessing did Allah Azza Wa Jall give to you, right?
Ma sha Allah. You all are beautiful my dear brothers and sisters in Islam but this post is to remind you that however Allah Azza Wa Jall made us through our physical beauty, our hearts should always be more beautiful or just in accordance to the beauty He has given to our faces.
Who doesn’t know Yusuf Alaihi Salaam? With all the descriptions we have read and heard about this blessed Prophet, we can’t deny to admit that indeed He was given such beauty that became such a test to him as well.
But did you know that among the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum, even though a lot of them were so handsome (according to narrations) there was one who stood out and was given the title “A Second Yusuf”?
Na’am (Yes), He is none other than Jarir Ibn ‘Abdullah Ibn Jabir Radiyallahu Anhu! He was a popular leader of the tribe of Bajeelah from Yemen, what look and grace was given to him! Ma sha Allah!
What makes him so popular, aside from his looks, were his characters, his looks were not enough reason to be called A Second Yusuf but his characters filled the emptiness within.
One highlight of his life would define how he was blessed with such grace and beauty by Allah Azza Wa Jall, by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam recognizing his beauty and his acceptance of Islam,.
During the 10th of Hijrah, on the month of Ramadhan, Jabir together with his well dressed people from his tribe came to Al Madinah while The Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalam was giving his friday khutbah.
They respectfully went and sat in the last rows. Being new faces, they got sidelong glances, until one of the people with Jabir that they were mentioned in a very appreciated and charming manner by the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, he said:
"My trusted friends! A Prince of Yemen will soon come in your midst, he will have an impressive regal look and dignity about him."
This made Jabir Radiyallahu Anhu so happy and delighted. After that he spoke to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and entered to the realm of Islam, together with his people.
Now, the life of Jarir Radiyallahu Anhu is not less than inspirational from the stories of other Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum. One of the things that I (personally) remember whenever I speak of Jarir RA would be how his beauty was in accordance to his heart.
Indeed, there are people who were given such beauty yet refuses to recognize it by their hearts. There are people who recognizes their beauty through their heads, thus, arrogance, pride and haughtiness fills their hearts. While people who recognize their beauty with their hearts, such beautiful characteristics also fill their hearts, and that’s how Jarir Radiyallahu Anhu was.
The outward beauty and inner beauty of Jarir Radiyallahu Anhu were in complete harmony and accord. Once, when his hair turned gray, he took dying it with henna, and looked even more impressive even though he was of age that everyone who saw him envied him (in a good way) for such beauty that never fades even in old age.
Ma sha Allah. How can we achieve such blessings? Let’s start with our manners, our hearts, and let us keep this beautiful du’a that our Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam used to say:
"Allahumma kama hassanta khalaqee fa hassin khuluqee"
O Allah, as You have made my appearance beautiful, likewise make my character beautiful.
Story: Ibn Jabir, Ghadanfar, pp. 275-285| Musnad Ahmad
Supplication: Ahmad VI/68, #155
I was eating rice for my early breakfast today and I remembered this story about the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum on their first ever encounter with rice, so here let me narrate the story.
During the Caliphate of ‘Umar Ibn Al Khattab Radiyallahu Anhu, there was an uprising coming from the Iranian forces that troubled the Muslim Ummah, so He sent 319 Muhajideen under the command of ‘Utbah Ibn Ghazwan Radiyallahu Anhu to Ablah.
On their journey, after passing over difficult terrain, they stumbled upon a very green and fertile spot near Ablah and encamped there. They didn’t have anything and when their hunger became unbearable, ‘Ibn Ghazwan sent some of his companions to look for something to eat.
 One of them narrated:
"As we were walking along searching for something eatable, we entered a small grove. There we saw two earthen pots. One was filled with dates and the other one had small yellow grains in it. We picked up both of the pots and carried them to our Commander. One of our companions glanced at it and said they should be very careful, for it might be poisoned.
We all turned towards the dates and started eating them, one of the horses, meanwhile, broke his tether and went straight to the pot with grains, put his mouth in and started to eat them, and we waited if there would be any effect on the house and if it is poisoned we shall kill the horse as it might go on suffering. So we kept watch at night and when the morning came we saw that nothing had happened to the horse and it was fine!”
So, one of the wives of the Mujahideen said:
"I have heard my father saying that if poison is cooked, then the effect of the poison is neutralized."
She then picked some grains and started to cook it, then she pointed out that the husk was coming off from the grains, and white grains were appearing. To be able to check out the taste, it was placed on a bowl and was given to the general, he then said to try them, taking the name of Allah (Bismillah), and when he had tasted them, he found them to be delicious.
Later, we learnt that these grains were called rice and was the favorite food of the Iranians.”
Ma sha Allah, a lesson to be taken from here is that whenever we are given food, or we are about to take food we should never forget to start by saying the name of Allah, Bismillah, so that if there is anything bad or anything that may cause us harm then we will be protected. in sha Allah.
Note: This was the first ever encounter of these people with rice, like anyone of us, when it will be our first time to encounter something we would always be skeptical about it, but the thing to consider here is that the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum were always careful before indulging into something, unlike most of us now, when it’s new, we always want to try it not minding what it can cause us.
Also, a point raised was that it’s clear how the leader, the amir was the one who tasted and tried the food rather than making his people taste it, unlike how we do these days, we ask others to taste it for us, but during the Sahabah Radiyallahu Anhum, their leaders were more concerned on how their people would be rather than for themselves.
And we pray that we may learn from the actions of these great people and in return we may think before we do our actions.
 Commanders of the Muslim Army, Ghadanfar, p. 253
P.S. This was shared on the Stories of the Sahabah Facebook Page but some have requested that it be shared also on this blog.
With all the struggles and tests that our Ummah has been facing, we can never deny the tragedy that happens, might happen and has happened in our own households.
O dear wives of the Muslims, I dedicate this one to all of you.
Indeed, we can never deny that in marriage unfolds tests that our hearts could barely bear especially when it involves the tests between husband and wife.
I may not know what you are going through, but I wanted to tell you, my dear sister/mother, one who would raise lions of this Ummah, never give up on your husband!
Never give up.
Let this story of Umm Hakeem Bint Harith Radiyallahu Anha reach your heart.
Do you know who was her husband?
He was Ikrimah Ibn Abu Hisham Radiyallahu Anhu, the son of ‘Umeir Ibn Hisham or famously known as Abu Jahl, one of the worst enemies of Islam!
One beautiful characteristic of this woman, Umm Hakeem, and I truly pray Allah Azza Wa Jall be pleased with her, is her love and loyalty to her husband.
When Makkah was conquered by the Muslims, ‘Ikrimah Radiyallahu Anhu who by that time was still not a Muslim, because of his fear for his life, fled to Yemen leaving behind his wife, Umm Hakeem Raiyallahu Anha.
On this time, Allah Azza Wa Jall placed guidance upon the heart of Umm Hakeem and made her enter the fold of Islam, but as she entered the fold of Islam she made a plea to the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam, she said:
"Ikrimah has fled to Yemen out of fear that your loyal followers may put him to the sword; please give us the opportunity to thank you and grant him a safe haven. You are the standard bearer of mankind, the greatest and best of Allah Almighty’s creations. ‘Ikrimah is a useful man and I will try my utmost to bring him to the straight path, as I am well acquainted with his habits."
On seeing her grievous state, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam agreed and granted safe conduct for the return of ‘Ikrimah.
So, Umm Hakeem set out to search for ‘Ikrimah with her Roman slave. On the way her slave fell a prey to lust and was tempted to have relationship with her and began to flirt with her but Alhamdulillah with the intelligence and wit that Allah Azza Wa Jall bestowed upon Umm Hakeem, she deliberately played for time seeming to give in to his advances until they reached a city of an Arab tribe and there on she was able to get her Roman slave as prisoner.
Now, imagine the courage and determination of Umm Hakeem, even though this unexpected problem came it didn’t hurdle her from looking and searching for her husband, she set out alone and with the Help of Allah Azza Wa Jall, she was able to find her husband.
She convinced her husband to come back with her to Makkah for she has spoken with the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam for his safety, Ikrimah agreed and they set out to Makkah.
On their way back, Umm Hakeem told him of her misfortune with their Roman slave, when ‘Ikrimah heard this, he became furious and wanted to stop on the way to Makkah, when he saw the slave, he lost his temper and killed the man.
Later then, they went and set out for Makkah. On the way he wished to enjoy his marital rights with his wife, but Umm Hakeem, a woman blessed with such piety didn’t tolerate Ikrimah even though she loved him dearly and said that it won’t be possible until he too accepted Islam and purified himself from the filth of paganism and polytheism. She refused, even though it hurt her, to allow him to even touch her.
When they have reached Makkah, the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam expressed his great happiness and stepped forward to welcome ‘Ikrimah. To this, he inquired if what his wife was telling was true, and the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam answered with assurance that it was true.
After this, such a wonderful conversation happened between the Prophet Sallallahu Alaihi Wassalaam and ‘Ikrimah that went on to the acceptance and conversion of ‘Ikrimah to Islam.
Subhan’Allah. What can we learn from this?
My dear sisters, it is by nature that sometimes the temper of the husband gets lost and he can be so angry but this is only because they are indeed your better half and they never want to hurt you nor think that someone else would be taking advantage of you.
Your husband needs you as much as you need him, ukhti, even though they can’t express it well through their words nor actions but know that he went his way and has proven such love and respect for you because he took you in on the most halal way, he married you and made you his wife.
Be like Umm Hakeem, that even if situations were at its worst, she never let go of her husband, she looked for him because this is what we call love for the sake of Allah Azza Wa Jall, she didn’t want to leave her husband in doom, she wanted to bring him to the right path.
Ukhti, you do not know how your actions and words can affect the heart of your husband, so never give up on him, be the most understanding when it comes to your husband, do not be the likes of those women that don’t even give time and chance to listen to the explanation of her husband.
You are Muslim woman, and Allah Azza Wa Jall made sure that what you get from His servants is what’s best for you.
Do not tolerate your husband when he commits wrong, if you truly love him, make ways to bring him back to the path, you were created emotionally stronger than him so you can take in and contemplate more on how to handle his temper and desires.
You are his better half, he will never feel complete without you.
So never give up on your husband, sometimes he just needs you to listen to him and not talk back but just listen, and believe me this will make him appreciate you more than anything.
And we pray Allah Azza Wa Jall pours abundant Mercy and Love on every Muslim Home and make this love be the means to strongly bind the hearts of its inhabitants.
Commanders of the Muslim Army, Ghadanfar, p. 161-165
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